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VMware Fusion 3 support for Mac OS X Lion (10.7) (2003715)

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This article explains VMware's position on its support for running Fusion 3 on Mac OS X Lion, and the compatibility guidelines.


VMware Fusion 4.x supports OS X 10.7 (Lion) as both a host and a guest operating system. For more information, see the VMware Fusion home page.
VMware Fusion 3.1.4 was designed for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), with some limitations. VMware Fusion 3.x is incompatible with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). VMware Fusion 2.x is incompatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).

If you are running an older version of VMware Fusion, upgrade to VMware Fusion 3.1.4 before upgrading to Lion.

For the best experience, reinstall Fusion after upgrading to Lion.

When running Fusion on Lion, these limitations are known to exist:

VMware can provide best-efforts support if you choose to upgrade to Lion, but cannot guarantee a resolution for all issues.

Additional Information

For more information, see OS X Lion spotted in the wild! on the VMware Fusion Blog.

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Update History

07/22/2011 - Added information about RAM 08/10/2011 - Added link to information about USB issue 09/20/2011 - Added info about Fusion 4 with a link to the home page 05/17/2012 - Updated version from 3.1.3 to 3.1.4 08/05/2012 - Added another limitation. Updated Fusion 3.x compatibility with Mountain Lion.

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